The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was on Tuesday (today) absent from proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he has been charged with six counts of non-declaration of assets.

His lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) told the court that the embattled CJN’s absence was as a result of a toothache that needed to be treated urgently.

Awomolo produced a medical report obtained by Onnoghen from the hospital where he was said to be receiving treatment to this effect.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), acknowledged that he had been given a photocopy of the medical report.

He noted that he would have expressed “an observation” about the medical report but for the comment of the doctor who signed it, stating that Justice Onnoghen had a high blood pressure of 410/121.

He also noted that the doctor also stated in the letter that the defendant needed to observe bed rest.

The tribunal, led by its chairman, Danladi Umar, had ruled on Monday that hearing in the case would hold daily.

It also deferred rulings on two separate applications filed by Onnoghen to challenge the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the charges against him till when final judgment would be delivered in the case.

However, following the concession by the prosecution and the recommendation in the medical report that the defendant needs a bed rest for 72 hours, the tribunal adjourned the case till March 18.

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